May’s Green Trans-Canada train tour following in the tracks of Laurier, Trudeau

September 16, 2008

No planes or buses for the Greens. Elizabeth May’s campaign will be crossing the country in a train car, instead of leaving a plume of greenhouse gases like the other leaders.

I think it’s a great idea. The Greens don’t have the money to fly around for six weeks, so they are trying to turn this limitation into an opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Networks didn’t really want the Greens in the debate, Evil Consortium boss says

September 10, 2008

This morning, former Evil Network Consortium boss Tony Burman says that the networks couldn’t agree between themselves that including the Greens in a Leader’s debate would be good television, let alone present a common front to the political parties: Read the rest of this entry »


Caleton U faculty blogging about the election

September 9, 2008

The staff of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication is making good use of that academic independence by blogging about the election campaign. Plenty of interesting posts in there. They set a strong collective rhythm – keep ‘em coming guys! Read the rest of this entry »


Leaders Debate: good news, May is out

September 8, 2008

It’s Day 2 of the federal election campaign and the television networks (referring to themselves as “the Consortium” – could they choose a more evil-sounding name?) announced one good piece of news:
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Election 2008 : Debate boycott?

September 2, 2008

On her new French-language blog, veteran hack/pundit Chantal Hébert reacts to the Conservatives’ poo-pooing the idea the Greens take part in the televised debate. She gingerly suggests that maybe, just maybe, Team Harper might be setting the stage for a debate boycott.

L’équipe Harper qui n’est pas friande d’événements dont le contrôle lui échappe, surtout au profit des médias, chercherait-t-elle à mettre en place les éléments d’un boycottage conservateur des débats ? L’idée semble excessivement téméraire mais la culture d’affrontement adoptée par le parti dans ses relations avec les médias depuis son arrivée au pouvoir ne permet pas de l’exclure d’emblée.

If this came from anybody else than Hébert, I would say somebody had too much pre-election Cool-Aid. In any case, it seems Hébert won’t be speculation-shy on her blog. C’est excellent.